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There is a reason why I divided the brigade into three.
One is to use a small number of guns effectively.
The most common guns in this world were flint-lock guns called “point-and-shoot” guns.
It’s a powerful weapon, but it takes time to reload it.
Therefore, the fact that it can’t fire continuously can become a fatal disadvantage.
There is information that a gun that overcomes that weakness was developed in the empire, but it is not yet widespread in Ernia.
Since I had to fight with this gun, and I had always been learning combat using guns.
The fact that you have to load it first is inevitable due to the limitations of the technology. However, I wondered if there was a more efficient way to use the gun.
That’s what I was thinking.
I say the name of the warlord who knew how to do it efficiently.
It is the name of the Otherworld Sengoku warlord from Japan that my teacher used to study about.
He was a champion who won a lot during the war-torn era of Japan’s Sengoku period.
In the Battle of Nagashino, he devised the “Three-stage Shooting” and obliterated the cavalry corps led by a brave commander named Takeda Katsuyori. [T/N: The Battle of Nagashino between the Oda and Takeda clan ended with Oda’s victory and considered Japan’s first “modern” battle due to Oda’s effective use of guns. Google-sensei can tell you more about the battle.]
I wanted to use that idea in this world as well.
“You’re planning on applying ‘Three-Step Firing’?” (Sicily)
“That’s right. Simply put, the gun corps are lined up in three rows, and once a row fires, it will move back, reload and repeat.”
“It’s surprisingly simple.” (Sicily)
“But the effect is outstanding.”
As soon as I said this, the enemy army attacked immediately.
I raise my right hand and order them to lure the enemy army as near as possible.
The range of this gun is reasonable, but it has poor accuracy. I wanted to lure the enemy as deep as possible before attacking.
At the last minute, when the enemy was at the distance where I could hear them breathing, that’s when I swung my right hand down.
The guns fire. Then the roar of gunshots echoed, and when the sound stops, many enemy soldiers have fallen.
Looking at the scene, I mutter.
“Well, guns are pretty useful, huh.”
This world is where magic has developed. Guns might seem as third-rate, but they are still powerful weapons.
It seems to be a good weapon for a small brigade like the Libra Brigade that has only a few mages.
“If I do become the Commander-in-Chief, I want to increase the number of guns in the army.”
While muttering such a thing, I gave instructions for the second and third volley, and every time I do, a large number of enemy soldiers turn to corpses.
I can see that the enemy general is agitated after facing the enemy like this.
They probably didn’t expect a struggle with such a small number of soldiers.
Magically listening to the words of the general who is cursing the soldiers behind him in a loud voice.
“I’m done playing with that upstart brat.” (Reisech)
“If the enemy army uses a gun, deploy the mages.” (Reisech)
“If you want, you can even summon a ‘Demon’.” (Reisech)
That’s what he’s ranting about.
Aside from the mages, I think the demon would be quite a nuisance.
By the way, there are demons in this world.
It is a monster that has been hostile to humans since ancient times.
The Astoria Empire knows how to use demons.
On the other hand, the League of Kings, which belongs to the Holy Church, forbids the use of demons.
I think this is the difference in military might and sphere of influence between the two powers, but as expected, our country could not say that we should use demons.
In the first place, we don’t know how to use them.
As I was concluding this in my own mind, the enemy soldiers immediately brought out a demon.
A group that looks like a winged demon approaches from the air.
They fly high in the sky, avoiding the range of the guns, and then landed behind us.
They plan on attacking us from here.
This demon is called a Gargoyle. These are monsters with black claws.
They use their claws to mercilessly cut through our ranks.
The brigade, which was getting attacked from both the back and the front, would be at a disadvantage, which I had expected.
I lead the remaining troops.
“Princess, I’m going to get rid of the gargoyle, but can I leave the Three-Step Firing unit to you?”
She nods and begins to take command of the unit.
Relieved to see the princess act as magnificent Valkyrie, I led a squadron to subdue the gargoyles.
The gargoyles numbered about thirty, but they were powerful and should not be underestimated.
Also, the presence of troops with wings that can attack the rear of the enemy army is powerful.
“If I could use a gargoyle unit, I could get General Reisech’s neck faster.”
However, there is no point in lamenting what I do not have. I’m going to defeat them before they’re effectively used by the enemy.
If I strengthen the magician’s wand to the limit, it becomes able to parry the enemy’s claws and pierce through gargoyles on its own.
The Gargoyle cries and bleeds black blood after receiving a stab from me.
“Do you see this, you valorous members of the Libra Brigade, how even the most powerful demons bleed when pierced? Use your swords and spears to stab these demons to death.”
Perhaps my speech worked, the troops start bravely taking the offensive.
I watched them as they fought, and cast [Enhancement Magic] on any allies that I thought were getting overwhelmed. On the other hand, I would cast a [Weaken] spell on a powerful gargoyle.
I was likely to get a complaint that I should defeat it directly with my magic and not make them undergo such a troublesome fight, but there is a reason to make the soldiers fight.
This brigade has just been established and has many veteran and new soldiers.
I wanted the old soldiers to have guns, but I wanted to give the inexperienced recruits as much experience as possible.
I wanted them to have the guts to be fearless against demons and knights alike.
So I’m having them fighting like this, and my tactics are becoming more successful.
The recruits are now able to defeat the gargoyles one after another.
They finally had the opportunity to graduate from being recruits.
When we got rid of the gargoyles, the recruits were delighted and praised my command.
“As expected, he is truly the Magician of Balance.
I want you to say that when the operation is successful, but I’m in the final stages of the operation.
Flares are launched on the battlefield.
There are two conditions for launching the fireworks,
When all the castle soldiers of Macaulay Fortress have come out
Also, when the enemy general has retreated to the Macaulay Fortress.
The enemy general, Reisech, probably thinking that he was at a disadvantage, returned to the fortress alone.
Perhaps he did not want to die on a battlefield like this, so he left his men behind and returned alone. His defeat is pretty much written in stone.
As soon as he returned to the castle, he was captured by Victor, who was wearing an enemy military officer’s clothing.
Reisech returned to the castle and was surrounded by many escorts, but the Demon Lord Victor kicked them off without even exerting much effort before capturing Reisech.
When I learned realized Victor’s status from the flares, I advised the enemy army.
“You can clearly see! You are helpless in the face of my tactics. And your commander has abandoned you and is now captured when he returned to the fortress. You have lost. It’s okay if you wish to fight more for the Imperial Army, but if you want to live, surrender or withdraw now.”
He concluded by telling them to cherish the life their parents had given them.
Hearing these words, the Imperial troops turned pale.
It has already taken a lot of them when they faced the Three-Step Firing Squad and we’ve successfully repelled their gargoyles’ surprise attack, and now that their own general had been captured, they were helpless.
Despite the enemy armies being well-organized, they can’t do anything if they lose their commander.
Soon, the 5,000 soldiers stationed at Macaulay Fortress began to withdraw.
In other words, with only 800 soldiers, I conquered the fortress of the enemy army, which was touted as impregnable. Thus, we regained the occupied territory, stolen by the enemy army.
In a word, it was a heroic feat.
The Libra Brigade soldiers shout and rejoice.
“The Libra Brigade is the strongest!” (Soldier)
“Glory to Princess Sicily!” (Soldier)
“Glory to the Magician of Balance!” (Soldier)
The cries of joy continued for a long time.
Even after the princess and I entered the Macaulay Fortress, the cries of celebration didn’t stop.
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